F1 2014 - PC

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Sport: Formula One
Media: DVD Arcade origin:No
Developer: Codemasters Racing Studios Soft. Co.: Codemasters
Publishers: Codemasters (GB)
Released: 17 Oct 2014 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+

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Summary

It might not feel like it, but Codemasters has held the Formula One license for five years now. That's not mentioned here because F1 2014 is being treated as some sort of anniversary, but because you know that between that and titles like GRID and DiRT, Codies is bringing a real pedigree to the development of F1 2014.

The game is aimed squarely at fans of the sport. You won't get to fling cars round corners a la Forza Horizon, nor will you be likely to drift round corners, but a tight corner taken with precision offers its own particular reward.

Codemasters has really striven for authenticity, here. Visually, the game has clean edges and minimal presentation and all the detail of the officially licensed cars and drivers.

The biggest change comes not from the development team, but from the sport itself. F1 2014 incorporates the huge rule changes - the biggest in Formula One's history - including new aerodynamic regulations and turbo-charged power units. That means, of course, significant changes in how the cars handle from last year's game. All the changes to driver line-ups have been incorporated, of course, and new tracks have been included.

There are changes to the game itself too, though. A new driver evaluation system fine tunes the game to reflect their ability, and the difficulty goes up incrementally as the player progresses. For the hardcore F1 aficionados, though, there's always the option to customise their settings and really make the game their own.